Ponte Vecchio, Florence

This medieval bridge in Florence, rebuilt in 1345, is the only one remaining which is lined on both sides by shops. Originally butcher shops, the bridge has been populated by jewellers and goldsmiths since the late sixteenth century. The bridge is the only one in Florence to have survived the Second World War: on the specific instructions of Hitler, only access to the bridge was blocked by having the buidlings at each end demolished.

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